With hazy memories of a dodgy-at-best VHS videotape from days gone by, seeing such utter pristinity would have had me floored, save for the fact that I was snugly ensconced upon my ever-faithful couch. Being from I expected a video travesty, however my expectations were just plain wrong mister!
This truly looks fantastic, really the only glitches I can point out - mainly some weird wavy effects in certain shots - appear to be due to the camera used at the time, rather than any inherent fault in the transfer.
The colour, black levels, most everything in fact is simply rendered beautifully. Hands up whoever gave this video the absolutely wondrous pampering it has received, I wish to buy you a drink or three.
The Reading footage also fares quite wonderfully, which is not too surprising considering it only dates back to Live stuff in the dark can be a nightmare to film, especially when in a bloody great field in the middle of whatever the English equivalent of Woop Woop is, yet this looks fab.
There's a bit of washout occasionally, once again this is no inherent fault in the transfer, it's just simple science, you point a camera at a rather huge stage light and Finally we come to the interview footage. It's shot on teensy home video cameras, and it certainly shows. Video purists would have conniption fits on seeing this, it's so shaky at times that it looks much as if Lars Von Isolation - NewOrder* - 3 16 (DVD) directed it on an extremely off-day, however in the oft-shambolic New Order scheme of things it is all rather apt.
Colour jumps about although not as much as the cameraman, who seems to be in the midst of his own personal earthquake and is so far from reference quality it's beyond being ridiculous. If you are looking for visual perfection though I cannot help but wonder why you'd even Isolation - NewOrder* - 3 16 (DVD) to look around these here parts.
There is a layer change early in the New York set - around the minute mark. Amy plonks on her nerd-bonnet The entire disc is encoded in luvverly 48khz linear PCM stereo, which is a higher bit-rate than even CD. Amy removes the nerd-bonnet 'cos it hurts her little bonce. There are occasional glitches such as a bit of hum in the settouches of distortion and dropouts, however they appear to be inherent perils from the live recording process, rather than any lapses on behalf of the boffins responsible for this remastering.
The Reading sound suffers occasionally too, which is quite a shame - however we do get authenticity, as this is likely more how it sounded straight from the speakers, but minus the field full of twats and twatettes jumping up and down all around you screaming the words in some sort of football hooligan dialect understood only by card-carrying Barmy Army members.
So DVD-wise it's a big thumbs up musically, but one or two sound guys who were there on the day deserve a mild bitch slapping. As for the interview section, well The little surprise remixed update of Temptation although cutting it to around four minutes is akin to severing the statue of David's willy sounds nigh on perfect, but then we head into the interview proper. Dialogue pops all around the place, for example at one point it's like Hooky is crouching in the deepest recesses of your left speaker, then all of a sudden he's dead central again.
Again, Isolation - NewOrder* - 3 16 (DVD), this is a feature included for the fans, I think I'm safe in saying that more casual observers would most likely be more than content with the musical bits of the disc.
There's not a lot to get excited over here, as is the case with most music DVDs. The animated menus are quite beautifully Peter Saville-ish the guy who has designed ALL of the packaging throughout the band's careerand each menu and sub-menu has its own portion of looped song. You can bring up subtitles in English or German for the interview section, which to be honest can be quite handy when dealing with thick Manc accents such as these, although many liberties were taken as to what the band were actually saying by those responsible for them.
This applies to the English ones at least, for my knowledge of German stretches to "Volkswagen" and "Autobahn" and not particularly far beyond. They are at least nicely legible. There is also a little four-page booklet included within the package, which is a nice extra touch, giving more detail about those responsible for the features contained on the disc, locations, etc.
I'll just note here that I'm classing the interview as part of the feature package they do include it as part of the running timeand not as an extra feature - so please take that into account when you look at the 'Extras' rating and possibly think that I'm being a stingy cow. Personally this is the greatest music DVD I have yet come across - sheer little shiny disc heaven. At over two hours it offers exceptional value for money, and in showing New Order live from two entirely different eras gives an incredible insight into so many facets of how Isolation - NewOrder* - 3 16 (DVD) band evolves with the passing of time - something I daresay not too many of their contemporaries would be champing at the bit to expose so readily.
Visually and sonically it is top notch, save for the few unavoidable glitches I have mentioned in the relevant sections above. This is the band that has been the musical constant in my life, supplying THE soundtrack to so many of the absolutely joyous highs, as well as the utterly despairing lows. Regardless of my unashamed personal bias, they indeed are one of the most important Isolation - NewOrder* - 3 16 (DVD) to emerge in the last twenty years, a fact acknowledged by so many of their peers, and also as evidenced by probably the best musical documentary series ever produced, the superlative BBC-made Dancing in the Street which I await on DVD with lovingly open armsas they devoted almost an entire episode to the band.
I implore anybody who considers themselves a true fan of music that has been of any influence to check out this disc, or indeed anybody who doubts that something generally classed as "dance music" can have heart, soul and incredible substance to those in the know, no pun intended. Oh, for those of you who have been wondering, the Factory office cat's name was FAC Cast your vote here: You must enable cookies to vote.
And I quote Isolation - NewOrder* - 3 16 (DVD), or not? This browser doesn't support iframes. Brilliantly, they don't speak to the audience, or themselves.
Heavily relies on the 'Movement' album, but has a proto Temptation, which is always good to hear. The second is their appearance at the Reading Festival, which is basically a greatest hits set, but there's nothing better than a New Order greatest hits: Regret, Bizarre Love Triangle, True Faith, Temptation again!
Then there is an interview with the original four we miss you Gillian which reveals them completely at ease with their legend. God bless them. Four undying warriors who've secretly protected humanity for centuries become targeted Two couples on an oceanside getaway grow suspicious that the host of their seemingly Tells the story of Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie and her extraordinary scientific The year old Al Capone, after 10 years in prison, starts suffering from dementia New Order 3 16 Gillian Gilbert as Herself.
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